Rebecca Sullivan Silbert

Senior Legal Policy Associate
The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500
Tel: 510-643-7321
Fax: 510-643-7095
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Rebecca Sullivan Silbert is a Senior Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy.  Immediately prior to joining the Warren Institute, Silbert coordinated a recidivism study for San Francisco’s Community Corrections Partnership, an inter-agency task force formed by the Adult Probation Department, the Courts, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and San Francisco Human Services. She also worked with the Delancey Street Foundation on Attorney General Kamala Harris’ reentry and recidivism policy, and on issues of domestic violence.  

Silbert spent more than eight years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California, where she represented criminal defendants though all stages of the process including trial and appeal.  Before becoming a federal public defender, Silbert was an associate at the law firm of Keker & Van Nest, LLP in San Francisco.  Silbert clerked for the Honorable Edward N. Cahn, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She also worked with the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children, a University initiative designed to bring together professors from multiple faculties to enhance the learning of children.
Silbert graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. Berkeley.

B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1991)
J.D. Harvard Law School (1996)